Questions relating to changing one's career path

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How to move into a development career with no formal programming education, but lots of informal experience [on hold]

I am becoming extremely frustrated and I don't know if my current situation is common or if I am doing something wrong. A little on my background: I am a technical person by nature. I moonlighted on ...
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Switching to another department in same company in early career [duplicate]

This is my very first job after a long education, and I've been doing it for a few months now. The department I work in now is not a bad one; in fact, I like it. But now, another position in my ...
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What is the impact of accepting the shift of role from a core developer to a white box tester? [closed]

I am C# and .net developer with about 5 years of experience. I'm considering the shift of my role from a core developer to a white box tester. What would be the impact on my career as developer? ...
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Quitting after two months [closed]

I am currently in the process of applying for a job for which I am a current contractor. It's pretty clear that I will be receiving the job within a few weeks, but I have plans to return to school in ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a ...
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How to describe a minimally related consulting position on a resume: Should I list my billable hours percentage?

I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance. I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I ...
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How to make leaving a PhD seem like a positive thing on a resume

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
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Career reputation impact, going from Large Notable Company to Small Unheard-of Company [closed]

I am likely to be offered a job in an interview today, and I am not certain whether I can take it. Namely, in thinking forward, my current employer for 3 years following college is a very noteworthy ...
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My CV says I'm a developer. How do I apply for other kinds of roles?

Predominantly my professional experience says I'm a developer- I have strong skills across the board with the web and open source development. However, I also have some other skills such as writing ...
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How to justify switching research disciplines after Ph.D for a fresh recruit?

Consider engineering disciplines A and B. Assume that the mathematical skills required for A and B are same. Let us say I am a fresh Ph.D pass out in A and say I did a reasonable one compared to the ...
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Can anyone relate to starting in the software development field? [closed]

I just graduated from my university with a computer science degree and I'm running into a serious amount of trouble applying for jobs. I have previously taken two programming internships which both ...
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How to switch career into HR? [closed]

A female companion of mine has spent the last 3 years as a software engineer (Java). Now she's thinking of switching careers into HR. Here is a list of activities she's hoping to get involved in once ...
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What is the next step for programmer? [closed]

I have done Mathematics degree in 2006,and have worked in several companies for the last eight years as a Software Engineer.I extended my programming skills with GIS that I can make map analysis,data ...
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How to express that I would settle for an internship or contract/temp work while applying to a job?

I am starting the phone screen process for a software engineering position where I may be less qualified than they prefer. For example, I do not have one of their five bullets under their required ...
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Will PMP help a technical employee move to a management level position? [closed]

I've been technical for almost 3 years in the software industry, a lecturer for 3 years in a software engineering department, and an adviser for 2 years. Will a certificate like PMP helps me move to ...
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Lying to get a job [duplicate]

I've been looking for a way to get into programming for about a year now. I have about 2 years experience with scripting and programming at home and have been working for an 'IT' company for nearly 2 ...
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How can I move into a research based job? [closed]

I'm really trying to make this not into a what should I do question, and more into a where should I aim and why question if that makes any sense. I'm a naturally curious person and the only thing ...
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how to get hands-on experience of desktop support or system admining while not working in IT [closed]

I am looking to get a desktop support or system admin job through self-study, I can only use my spare time to do my study as I am a full-time worker . Currently studying Windows Server 2012, after set ...
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As a computer engineer, is being assigned to testing bad for my career? [closed]

My company hired me for developer's position. However, as they don't have a project, I was moved to Testing. Is this a bad move for my career?
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Driver software engineer interested in transition to Web/App development [closed]

I am a junior software engineer with around 2 years' experience in the semi-conductor industry. I work as part of a team that develops driver software and firmware, using C and C++, for one of my ...
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Leave full time job and work as Contractor [closed]

Currently I have a good full time position for a software company in the United States (I am also from the US, to avoid confusion). Recently I was contacted by a recruiter in regards to contracting ...
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How should I follow up (or not) with the recruiter after an internal referral?

I have been thinking about switching careers from a junior role in academia to private sector, and got into contact with a senior guy at a tech company I really like. We had an information interview ...
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Quitting a company that recently had an IPO [closed]

I've been working with this company for 8 years and it has strong management and work culture. The company went public recently and rewarded long tenured employees with decent number of options. The ...
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Why do you want to close your business and work for us?

For the last 10 years I was a very active entrepreneur, as a founder or taking part in other start ups. Even though I got some money and clients, I decided to move on and find a job at another ...
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Need Advice: Transitioning from Public Scientist to Private Programmer [closed]

I am not sure where I should solicit advice for my situation, but I thought this might be the best place to start. Please let me know if there's a better place for this sort of discussion. I am ...
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Is it possible to be successful in a career that you are not passionate about? [closed]

I am often distracted in my current role. My passion for it has slowly drained over the past few years and I have yet to find success in terms of happiness or freedom in terms of money. I feel that if ...
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How can I decide between two great opportunities/career paths? (and be happy with that decision) [closed]

I'm stuck in a situation that my friends and family keep reassuring me is a great dilemma. This whole year, I had planned to go to law school and was admitted to a couple of top 10's. I'm an engineer ...
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Long absence due to illness [duplicate]

I have been absent from the job force for 7 years due to an illness. I have spent years and no small effort to come back into the workforce. I can no longer go back to the career I was in and although ...
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How to write a resume for a career change [closed]

This is a topic I've been fretting about for a couple of years now. I served in the USAF as an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic for 13 years and can no longer do my job due to blowing out both of ...
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Career advice: Java Developer vs OIM,OAM (IDM) [closed]

I have a question regarding. I’m a java developer and since 6 months i have been working on OIM (Oracle identity manager), OAM (Oracle access maneger) (IDM: Identity management) . I would like to know ...
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Should I focus on skills or achievements when submitting resumes to an unrelated field?

I am currently a entry-level developer in the healthcare industry, but would prefer to step out of a technical role and into more of an analyst role. Most of my achievements are technical/software ...
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How does one get a job as a program manager? [closed]

I work in a technical field and I've always wanted to move into some sort of management position, and one of the positions I've been eyeing up is a program manager as defined by Microsoft: Our job ...
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Perception of a long tenure at the same company [closed]

I've been working, in a variety of capacities, with the same company for almost five years now. As I approach graduation from a post-graduate degree, one possible employment option is to keep going ...
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Is it possible to make leaving a PhD look good on a CV / Resume? [closed]

I am in the process of leaving my PhD programme in life sciences at a top university in the UK. A PhD is simply not for me and I find the work/life balance to be intolerable; in addition, my PhD so ...
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How to be valuable when automation & IT are stealing my job (and maybe my whole career)? [closed]

I am a non-IT employee, graduated in business studies, and work in a field related to customer relationship management. I have grown in this field during the past five years since completing my ...
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Starting from scratch: can someone transitioning careers be successful? [closed]

I'm writing in "The Workplace" and hope this is the right forum for this type of question. I graduated from UC San Diego with a non-CS degree (art/media), and now, at 30, after several years of ...
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Removing fake experience from my resume

I was searching for jobs for 6 months after I graduated. I signed a contract with a consulting company for 12 months. But after joining, the company faked my resume and submitted me to clients. Now ...
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How can a candidate sell two degrees in different fields?

I have a friend that is planning his career path. He had trouble finding work with a bachelors in civil engineering, and is now considering getting a masters degree in computer science (versus a ...
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How do I demonstrate my experience in new technologies?

I am a software developer working in a particular technology (say A) for the past 1 year and this is my first job out of college. Though my present work is good and pays me well, I want to move to ...
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Online resume for a specialist in a two non-overlapping technology stacks [closed]

I am updating my online-resume and given my recent job search experience would like to get an advice. I specialize in two distinct (with respect to technology) areas, lets call them O and N. While ...
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What non-IT career paths can IT professionals transfer their skills to? [closed]

I spent so much time of my life with computers that I am starting to get fed up with them. I dread the idea of having to work on a computer for the rest of my life. You know that video of an employee ...
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Making a career switch without my current employer knowing

I am currently employed at a company temporarily. My term ends come the start of 2014. Naturally, I am looking and applying for jobs. I am going to a career fair later this week and my current company ...
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Possible strategies for getting a programming job [closed]

I am a physics/math major, and also a new US immigrant. I think I know intermediate level Java, intermediate data structures and algorithm design, and, some machine learning (with Octave), HTML, ...
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Frequent job switches [closed]

I am in IT profession and have switched my job very frequently (maximum tenure 10 months others less than 10 months). If my future employer asks me the reason for a switch what convincing answers I ...
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How to handle salary negotiations and disclosure when changing careers [closed]

I am starting the process of transitioning out of a career in banking and, hopefully, into a career in software engineering. One issue that I know will come up that I'm at a complete loss at how to ...
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How to word an internal open application?

A few months ago, my husband and I bought a house, quite far away from the head office of my company which is where I am based. The commute is not easy; long term, I don't think it's feasible. My ...
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Is it ok to mention about your stack profile in resume? [duplicate]

I am related to IT domain(Web development) so is it ok to mention stack activity in resume? Currently I am mentioning it in my resume under skills and hobbies section like this - •Technical blog ...
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Coop working in field unrelated to my interests looking to make the most of my experience [closed]

I am a college student on a cooperative internship, and I have had quite a rough time. I got a job I applied for without intending to take because the pay was good. The job was in a more mathematical ...
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Is it frowned upon to mention specific clients in a CV?

Now, I've always thought (probably through misinformation) that it was bad practice to mention actual client names when writing your CV, is this true? I am currently rewriting my CV and I'd like to ...
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Would future employers look negatively on a period of self employment to gain domain experience?

So I'm currently employed in the general direction of my "ideal" job, but too far from it to the extent that I don't enjoy my current job. I've spent quite a bit of time looking for my ideal job, but ...